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Tiziano was our wonderful warm guide at the Accademia. Marco was our terrific fun guide at the Uffizi. Both were incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. They knew their art and history and their city, Florence, and shared it all with us non-stop. It was our first tour we had ever taken - mostly we had read up on the sites that we were going to visit and found our way around. But it was so relaxing to be taken and educated and just be led by a leader. It was a much richer experience. So this will not be our last tour with Viator and we highly recommend it!!
My husband and I loved this tour. It was great to be able to skip the line for the Duomo. The line at the Accademia was still a little long but it was much shorter than had we done this on our one. Our guide Tony was extremely knowledgeable and did a great job of sharing the information without being boring. It was also great to walk Florence and get comfortable with the city and where all the major sites were. Tony also gave us some good restaurant and site recommendations for the rest of our visit. This is a great way to see Florence!
Christi W USA
This is the best way to go to avoid the really long lines to get in to the Duomo. It was also a good way to see some of the smaller tourist highlights such as the brass boar that I would have missed on my own. The trip to Academia Gallery to see the David was also a good part of the tour. I have seen copies of the statue many times from all angles, but the guide was able to point out a new perspective. And while a much smaller museum than the Ufizzi, there are some very good paintings there.
It was nice to do a morning tour and then break for lunch on our own and regroup for the afternoon tour.
Ou morning guide was very knowledgeable and did a good job, but I did not get her name. Angelo Angelo was fantastic guide at the Uffizi Gallery, lots of stories and insights, appreciated his passion! The earphones are very nice and able to hear the guides well!
j.fergusson31 New Zealand
Really enjoyed the tour and the operators and tour leader were friendly and accommodating. The Skip the Line got us into an area of the Duomo that other groups were unable to access. Don't underestimate the steep stairs and enclosed spaces....we had a couple in our tour that were unable to complete the climb. Well worth it if you can get to the top though.
Both of our guides were very knowledgable and awesome. I really enjoyed our guide for the second part of the tour in the Uffizi Gallery. He was very passionate about the culture of Florence and I enjoyed his explanations of the paintings and sculptures.
I highly recommend purchasing a tour for these two venues. Even with a tour guide, we had to wait over one hour to enter the Accademia to see Michelangelo's David. The wait was much longer for those with skip the line and longer still for those without a pass. The wait was worth it. The David is a must see while in Florence. We had time to have a leisurely lunch on our way to the Uffizi Gallery. The next tour of the Uffizi was my favorite because of our amazing tour guide. He described each painting with such passion, I felt I was able to understand what the artist was trying to convey. I was able to appreciate the paintings due to our guide's interpretations. Thank you Viator!
Angela was a passionate, very funny tour guide who was well versed in her art, papal, and political history of Italy and specifically Florence. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who's looking to get an in depth detailed tour of the Duomo and the Accademia. As a tip, make sure to book the 9am tour as the later tour may not get admittance into the Duomo. Thanks again Angela!
The morning tour was by far the best thing we did on our trip!! Paul was hilarious and informative. We learned so much about the history of Florence and the David. I never would have appreciated the David or the Ponte Vecchio if I had not know the history behind them. The Uffizi tour was also very nice and informative. Sara explained several painting to us and the tour flew by - it did not seem like an hour and a half! Overall I highly recommend!
Our morning guide , Valentina,was so amazing. She is very knowlwdgeable and has sense of humours. She told us all the history and side stories while we were queuing outside the Accademia.
Enjoyed our excursion of Florence from seeing the David at L'accademia to the beautiful works of art at the Uffizi. Our guide Costanza was amazing and gave us the best experience of enjoying Florence!
For a first time visitor to Florence this tour provides an excellent overview of the treasures that lie within. Both tour guides, native to Florence, conveyed an enthusiastic appreciation of the city, the art and architecture and brought history alive. Swift passage through the long lines at both galleries was an economical benefit to the three hour tour. As the tour ends at the Uffizi Gallery, there is ample opportunity to wander afterwards.
Staff were early and helpful, with FM transmitter so you could hear everything. I was able to upgrade to the Duomo cupola climb on the spot. I would not do Florence without Skip the Line. Also learned a lot I wouldn't have been able to get from the three travel ebooks I was reading!
Angela was a wonderful, engaging and informative guide who brought the history of Florence to life as we walked along the streets and through the gallery and duomo. Excellent.
Excellent tour-guide. She had worked at the Accademia and knew it intimately. Great energy. Walk around Florence was great too. Easy to locate and good time to walk starting at 4:30
It was worth it to see David and the tour guide gave just enough information and not too much. Didn't get to climb the Duomo which was a bit of a let-down but overall the pace of the walk was very easy and manageable
The first part of the tour - the Accademia - was amazing! Our guide - Federica - was great, knowledgeable, and very efficient! The second part - Uffizi gallery - wasn and #39;t as enjoyable, because the place was extremely overcrowded (it was literally hard to breath:(and our second guide - not so engaging.
Tour started on time. Guide very knowledgeable. No major problems during tour. Tour ended on time. My wife could not enter in Duomo because of her dressing. We should be notified well in advance, actually during the booking. Everything else was perfect. Thanks
Such an amazing walking tour of the Duomo and galleries in Florence. Our two guides , Latizia and Titsiana, were each so personable and very knowledgeable. They really seemed to love conducting the tours..! Can't recommend Viator enough. All the tours we had in Italy were booked through them and each was so organized, professional and had amazing guides...A company !
Both Accademia and Uffizi Gallery were very well organized and fascinating. The guides were very
knowledgeable and made the tour quite interesting.
Our tour guide, Patricia did a very nice job of giving us a history of Florence and the Renaissance. We also enjoyed all of the background she gave us into the art and sculptures we saw in the Accademia Gallery. She also did a nice job of keeping the group moving.
The tour guide was excellent and managed to hit all of the highlights in limited time. The Uffizi is the better part of the day. The Duomo is less engaging. The Accademia is excellent.
Enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide Paul was very informative, engaging and funny. His comments on Michelangelo's David were fascinating and helped us see the artwork in a completely different perspective. As we walked from the Academia Galleria to the Duomo, he gave us a very interesting overview of the Medici and life in Florence at the time of the renaissance. The Uffizi Gallery tour was also very memorable. The paintings of Botticelli, Raphael and Leonardo were were memorable. You also get a very good view of the Vecchio bridge from the Uffizi gallery. The skip the line feature is totally worth it particularly if you are visiting in peak season in hot summer.
Excellent guide who was easy to understand and he added many interesting details.. He pointed out things you would never know on your own. The lunch break was nice before moving on to the Uffizi Gallery. This is only a highlights tour so if you want to stay longer to see it all, you must let them know before exiting the gallery. It is a lot to take in so maybe just the highlights is enough.
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